Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Inedible it may be but with the promise to last for quite a while...
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Some were downright useless but nevertheless served it's purpose to tickle my funny bone, others were original - filling my tummy with lots of cocoa. I kept all of the non-edible ones while sharing some of those edible ones.
And just when I thought there could be no more surprises, I received a small parcel on Christmas Eve lying on my table. I had to rip it open and to my surprise, it's a hand-made Christmas card from Ericia!
It was so exquisitely made that I had to simply show it off on this blog.
The design is screaming out loud at the theme no matter which side I flip. Great job!
The last time I recall ever making or receiving hand-made cards were during my primary school days. So one can simply imagine the warm fuzzy feeling I felt when I received the card.
Quoting the Mastercard advertisement:
Item: hand-made Christmas card
Quoting Baby Alicia (who is the first person I showed the card to):
"美美" - which translates to pretty or nice or beautiful or in simple baby terms, anything that is pleasing to her eyes. Mind you, baby only speaks the truth.
The food fare was simple but nevertheless, tummy filling.
The non air-conditioned restaurant offered a vast view of the sea but the afternoon sun was scorching hot that day. Nevertheless, I could imagine the venue to be a great place to sit back and enjoy a chilling cocktail while the sun sets over the horizon.
Merry Christmas Uncle Edwards!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Previously, the pineapple filling was self-made and it tasted great. This time round, to save some time and effort, I bought a packet of ready-to-use pineapple fillings from Sheng Shiong at about $5.
If you have the time, do try to make the pineapple fillings yourself. The ones I bought from Sheng Shiong is way too sweet and after baking, it became a little too hard when biting and also sticks to the teeth. Definitely a no-no for elderly with dentures.
Anyone who knows where to buy good quality pineapple fillings, do let me know. Thanks!
The food listings on the menu were almost foreign to me having had close to zero prior experience in authentic Indian cuisine except for the knowledge of naan and bearing in mind that roti prata does not originate from India.
Feeling slightly adventurous, I ordered the South Indian Set and just as a backup, I proceeded to order the Garlic Naan Set as well.
Both set lunches came with the main course accompanied by several small bowls of gravy. In the end, what started with just a simple vegetarian lunch ended up in a tedious mathematical attempt of permutation and combination of rice, naan, cracker and gravy to find the best match.
In the end, after having my tongue numbed by the spicy gravy, I could only offer the following comments:
- the thin crackers seen in the extreme right side of the South Indian set is definitely my favourite. It goes well with any of the gravy and even on it's own!
- the murky looking sauce seen in the extreme right side of the South Indian set is actually red bean soup. I quite liked it as it's not as sweet as those sold in the dessert shops.
- the garlic naan was quite a disappointment to me as it resembles just a stab of thick dense bread with no garlic or toasted bread fragrance whatsoever. I always had nice savoury memories of the bread and thought it was such a basic primary source of carbohydrate in the Indian's diet that it just simply can't go wrong. I was wrong though...
- the rest of the gravy are not so fantastic either
For sure, I'll not be returning to the same restaurant and as a rule of thumb, I'll definitely be consulting my Indian friends before I go on my next Indian food 'adventure'!